Executive Sec. Pacquito Ochoa showed a hint of his influence as the influential INC broke protocol and chose him to introduce President Noynoy Aquino before thousands of audience in the recent launching of Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan during the sect’s 100th foundation.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, who graced the occasion, was snubbed by the INC higher ups in favor of Ochoa, who it turned out, has longer and deeper ties with the INC than the leading presidential bet for 2016.
From 2001 to 2010, Ochoa served as the Administrator of Quezon City which has the largest congregation of INC in the country. He was the “little mayor” of now Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.as he took care of the INC’s needs with City Hall.
As little mayor, Ochoa was responsible for the city’s budget, revenue collections, business permit processing, education and health concerns.
Ochoa rarely speaks in public but when he does, especially in front of the bloc voting INC members, it’s always with a bang.
Being a strategist, Ochoa who is also a lawyer, troubleshoots national-related issues while working hand-in-hand with the President.
Ochoa is said to be a member of the so-called Samar group who helped Aquino in his 2010 election bid.
Prior to his government service, he practiced law in Bulacan where he started, giving a free service during the interim until his election as director, then vice president, of the Bulacan chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).
It was in 1992 when he moved to Quezon City and continued his legal profession, establishing own law firm. Manny Aun